Lake Olathe Park

Lake Olathe Park

Client

City of Olathe Parks and Recreation

Size

507 acres

 

Collaborators

SFS Architects

     

2020 Merit Award for Design (Built) - ASLA Prairie Gateway Chapter

2018 Merit Award for Design (Unbuilt) - ASLA Prarie Gateway Chapter

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Lake Olathe Park

Olathe, Kansas

 

The first phase of the master plan is complete and incorporates a beach house and marina, lakeside special events venue, nature playground, picnic shelters and more for the community to enjoy.

Confluence completed the final design for phase one improvements, which opened to the public in the summer of 2019. The new features include Eagles Landing special events venue, Beach House & Marina that are adjacent to the Great Lawn, and a lakefront amphitheater that holds 4,000 visitors for special events. Meandering through the park is a 1,800 linear foot water feature that is fed by lake water. The feature begins at the highpoint of the park and falls over 80-feet as it transitions from a formal water feature to a natural, stone runnel and returns to the lake.

The runnel meanders through the botanic garden and two water play areas where park visitors can enjoy splashing in the water that shoots from large boulders allowing the visitors to experience the water from different levels. The park includes a nature playground, new restrooms, a fishing pavilion, disk golf, and over four miles of trails that connect Lake Olathe Park to the Confluence-designed Cedar Niles Park to the north. To protect the water quality of the lake two large forebays with connecting boardwalks were constructed at the two inflow points to capture silt and other debris before it can make its way into the main body of water.

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